If you've been frustrated trying to resolve an IRS tax issue, don't fret. There's free help from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, known as TAS, which works with individuals and businesses.
The TAS assists those who haven't been able to resolve their IRS issues or who face adverse economic hardships because of tax troubles. As the IRS notes: "You may be eligible if you've tried to resolve your tax problem through normal IRS channels and gotten nowhere, or you believe an IRS procedure just isn't working as it should. The worst thing you can do is nothing at all!"
It also offers specific tips for taxpayers who were clients of nationally known "Tax Lady" Roni Deutch, whose North Highlands law firm collapsed in 2011 amid accusations that it cheated clients out of millions.
For free, walk-in help in Sacramento, there's a TAS clinic open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the IRS office, 4330 Watt Ave. Or call (916) 974-5007. To find the nearest TAS office in all 50 states, call (877) 777-4778.